Community Mental Health Worker

Community Mental Health Courses

CMHW 110  (3)  Community Mental Health Worker I

An introduction to the role of the Community Mental Health Worker (CMHW) in the delivery of mental health and addiction services. Pertinent legislation, current trends, and issues impacting mental health services are examined. The principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) will be explored, including values, philosophies, and multicultural and indigenous perspectives. (4:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to CMHW program.

CMHW 111  (3)  Community Mental Health Worker II

An introduction to theory related to common mental health issues and illnesses. Emphasis will be on recognizing behaviours and identifying intervention strategies for common conditions across the lifespan. Topics include determinants of health and basic human needs, and includes an introduction to child and youth mental health issues. (4:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the CMHW Program.

CMHW 115  (3)  Building Therapeutic Relationships

An introduction to the skills and techniques to engage in therapeutic relationships and promote facilitative communication. Emphasizes impact of self-awareness and communication styles in working with individuals with mental health and addiction issues, their families, and members of interprofessional teams. (4:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to CMHW program.

CMHW 120  (3)  Support Strategies

An exploration of the approaches that support individuals and families through a framework of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. The role of the CMHW in relation to facilitating change, goal planning, and implementation is discussed, as well as the process of identifying and accessing community resources. (4:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the CMHW Program.

CMHW 125  (2)  Professional Issues

An exploration and development of self as effective member in relation to the interdisciplinary team. Topics include self-care theory and practice related to stress management, the role of self-evaluation, and philosophy of life-long learning. Ethical principles of practice will be discussed. (2:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the CMHW Program.

CMHW 130  (3)  Health Care Basics

An introduction to healthy lifestyle and physical care planning, including developing personal care skills that promote and maintain comfort, safety, and independence. Basics of medication and universal precautions will be introduced. (2.4:0:0.6 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to the CMHW Program.

CMHW 135  (3)  Addictions and Mental Health Issues

An opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to effectively respond to clients experiencing co-existing substance use and mental illness. Emphasis will be on understanding addiction processes and illness, facilitating intervention strategies, and promoting recovery and maintenance of healthy choices. (4:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Admission to CMHW program.

CMHW 140  (5)  Practicum

A practicum that provides students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge and skills to assist individuals in mental health settings. Emphasis will be on the role of the Community Mental Health Worker (CMHW) as a member of the interprofessional health team. (2:0:0 —224 for 8 weeks)

Prerequisite: CMHW 110, CMHW 111, CMHW 115, CMHW 120, CMHW 125, CMHW 130, and CMHW 135.

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